Linked by the_randymon on Mon 7th Jan 2013 17:53 UTC
Novell and Ximian In 2011 Novell sold the SUSE franchise to Attachmate, who has run it since, and a portfolio of patents to a Microsoft consortium. But now Novell shareholders are alleging the deal was cooked, and Novell's board withheld information from another potential bidder to ensure Attachmate would win. From Groklaw: "Party C actually bid a bit higher than Attachmate. But the allegation is that Attachmate was favored with information that Party C was not given". The news doesn't affect Attachmate, who won the bid. But Novell's Board of Directors is going to have some explaining to do.
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Is it lame to post a response to the article you submitted yourself?

Who knows how these courts actually work (someone does, just not me). I just hope they don't reverse the deal. As a SUSE fan, I think Attachmate has done better work on SUSE recently than Novell ever did.

Novell's fascination with Gnome/Miguel de Icaza led to a lot of lost time switching interfaces and being indecisive, and losing a lot of the energy and head-start SUSE had from the early days when it was run by some clever Germans.

I'm not expecting revolutionary progress from Attachmate, but I still like the distro and hope the court decision doesn't mean the distro goes back to Novell.

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